Could Rockstar's Bully return?
Dan Houser would like to swap cars and assault rifles for bikes and catapults and return to the controversial Bully...
Talking to Polygon, Rockstar's Dan Houser has discussed his love for one of the company’s most controversial titles, 2006's Bully.
The game, which saw players take on the role of Jimmy Hopkins, an adolescent sent to a private school, came under heavy fire for it's depiction of school violence and shady subject matter. As is usually the case, however, the criticism was unjustified, and the game many feared was nothing more than a school violence simulator, was far from it, as Jimmy often found himself defending those who couldn't defend themselves.
This was no morally bankrupt GTA, it was a far more layered affair, with a central character that was genuinely likeable, if not the hero-type most games usually go for.
In the interview with Polygon, Dan Houser, when asked if he's make a sequel for Bully simply said, "I know I want to,”, and continued, "Well, hopefully, you never know. There's a lot of directions I could go with that one, it's funny."
He also talked about the marketing of the game that suffered as a result of the controversy, and instead of pushing the game for its qualities and forward-thinking story, Rockstar always had to defend the game.
Despite the issues, however, Bully became a critical hit, and although nowhere near as recognised as GTA or Red Dead, Bully is still a fan favourite. If it were to come back, though, what would be the setting of the game?
Dan Houser clearly states in the interview that any ideas of a grown up Jimmy appearing in GTA are unlikely, "I never saw him as being that level of degenerate,”, he said, "He was an unpleasant soul, but he had a heart. To some extent you could say the same was true of [Grand Theft Auto 4's] Niko in a bizarre way. But [Jimmy's] not trying to burn down the school, he's more trying to stand up to injustice."
So, if not that route, where could the series head for a sequel? Well, college or university is an obvious choice, and would fit in with the existing game's framework. Jimmy could even have to get part time jobs, leading to missions or mini games. Another option would be to leave Jimmy's story, and start anew, with a new year at Bullworth Academy, complete with new protagonist and classmates.
Of course, at the moment, this is nothing more than a wish to return to an older series, so we'll have to wait and see if Bully returns in future. We're betting Red Dead will be back on our screens first, though.
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